Latest Episodes

#21: ASSP’s Emerging Professionals Roundtable

March 13, 2019 | 46 minutes 38 seconds

In a podcast first, series host Jill James sits down with three emerging professionals affiliated with American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). With pathways to safety as unique as their backgrounds, our guests on the 21st episode share important commonalities: formal education in occupational safety and internships.

#20: Get up on the roof or find a new job.

February 27, 2019 | 42 minutes 24 seconds

Robert came to safety through a popular pathway—the trades, skilled labor. As a teenage apprentice electrician, Robert was struck by an arc flash. Then, as a carpenter, he slid off of a roof without any fall protection gear.

#17: First Year Safety Pro Syndrome

January 16, 2019 | 49 minutes 42 seconds

Series host Jill James connects with Katie, one of the few who began higher education with a focus on occupational safety, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in health and safety.

#15: I can die on that hill and make it better for somebody else.

December 5, 2018 | 52 minutes 21 seconds

Our host, Jill James, sits down to have a conversation with Linda Martin, 2018 President of the Board of Certified Safety Processionals, chair of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation Board, and recipient of the 2018 Marion Martin Award recognizing influential women in safety.

#14: Guess what I did to a turkey today?

November 21, 2018 | 52 minutes 36 seconds

In this episode of the podcast, series host Jill James reconnects with Dr. Amy Orders, Managing Director of Emergency Management Mission Continuity, with North Carolina State University. You’ll also explore two paradigms of adult education: Problem-Based Learning and Authentic Learning. Also, there’s a great story involving fall protection harnesses and a literal leap of faith off of a 2-story building.

#13: The real test is, ‘Can we change other people’s minds about this?’

November 7, 2018 | 1 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds

Podcast series host Jill James connects with filmmaker Dave DeSario, an unlikely workplace safety champion and outspoken reform advocate. Learn about the safety nuances and pitfalls of non-traditional employee-employer relationships, the correlation between workers’ compensation systems and increase in temp staffing nationwide.

NSC Live: “A recovering liberal arts student.” with John Dony

October 26, 2018 | 19 minutes 25 seconds

​This episode features John Dony, Director of the Campbell Institute and Director of EH&S at the National Safety Council. He sits down to talk with host and Vivid's Chief Safety Officer Jill James, live on the Expo floor of the NSC Congress, about the work and research taking place at the Campbell Institute.

#12: The Swiss cheese model of accident causation.

October 17, 2018 | 56 minutes 3 seconds

Learn about the life of a young safety professional on the road, covering 400K miles from plant to plant in America’s heartland. Paul’s also got a bunch of near-miss stories any safety pro will connect with, along with advice for building safety “street cred”, and having rewarding experiences working with Millennials.

#11: Crab asthma.

October 3, 2018 | 1 hour 40 seconds

You’ll learn how Mark’s blue-collar upbringing influenced his perspectives on occupational safety, and how a 7-year adventure in Alaska working as one of about 15 industrial hygienists in the entire state, solidified his professional interest (along with some measure of local celebrity) by offering the truly unique experience of working with under-served native American communities.

#10: It’s not about being more careful.

September 19, 2018 | 49 minutes 52 seconds

Podcast series host Jill James speaks with Scott, a safety engineer in the telecomm industry, and published author. An 18-year professional safety veteran, Scott started his journey as an undergraduate psych major when a summer job at the local factory gave him his first taste of occupational safety.

#9: Safety? In that industry? All I can think of right now are Buzz and Woody.

September 5, 2018 | 58 minutes 48 seconds

Ever wonder what occupational safety looks like for a Hollywood studio? This episode of the podcast finds series host Jill James talking with Carolina, a safety leader at Pixar. You’ll learn about building trust with regulatory bodies, how occupational safety is managed for Pixar’s 1400 employee, multi-building campus, and, once more, that hazards are present in all working environments.

#8: I have to tell you, those science teachers love to accumulate chemicals they shouldn’t keep.

August 22, 2018 | 51 minutes 39 seconds

This discussion covers Cheryl’s 10-year journey of safety leadership in the pipeline industry, where she’s writing confined-space entry programs, and is responsible for the wellbeing of thousands of employees across 12 states. Also, she talks about what it’s like to work along with 100 other safety professionals in thesame organization. And if you’re interested in high-level incident investigation and accidents with Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) potential, this episode is a goldmine.

#7: I’m letting everybody know our secrets.

August 8, 2018 | 1 hour 2 seconds

Todd explains the moment that moved him away from the academic pursuit of chemical engineering, which led him to interviewing with OSHA and a career that involved working some of the same investigations as our own Jill James. Bonus? Dr. Todd talks about OSHA’s “$1000 poster”, OSHA’s Field Operations Manual, and other secrets known to OSHA investigators (the “drive-by”).

#6: Turning a really great story into some story about death in like 5 seconds.

July 25, 2018 | 40 minutes 22 seconds

Over the course of this conversation between two of Minnesota’s finest, Michelle shares her experiences managing safety across multiple facilities, talks about the importance of building relationships with the workforce to resolve real safety issues, starting over in the wake of the recession and working her way back to the top of the profession.

#5: Do your homework, speak your mind, and don’t be afraid.

July 11, 2018 | 53 minutes 22 seconds

Series host Jill James caught up with EHS Specialist Brandy while she was in the midst of studying for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exam, and just before attending ASSE’s SAFETY 2018 conference in San Antonio.

#4: Teach me.

June 27, 2018 | 52 minutes 50 seconds

This episode we sit down with Jeremiah, a safety professional in the zoo and aquarium industry. We touch on topics from how to train seasonal workers, management buy-in, the importance of networking and mentoring, and the ever-changing role technology plays in safety. And the importance of the phrase "teach me".

#1: They’re gonna give me a badge and a beige Ford Taurus?

May 16, 2018 | 59 minutes 49 seconds

True to the show, podcast host and Chief Safety Officer Jill James retraces her career-long journey in safety. Jill tells the story of how her professional aspirations changed in college, the internship that landed her a job as an OSHA investigator, and describes her mentors along the way.

#0: It’s About Community

May 10, 2018 | 2 minutes 33 seconds

A quick look at what to expect from this podcast hosted by Vivid Learning Systems Chief Safety Officer, Jill James. What is an accidental safety professional?